5 – 2 – 1 – 0

Filed Under (Healthy Living) by on February 5, 2014 and tagged , , , ,

60mkc_logoOn January 15th, the Ripplers began participating in the 60 Minute Kids Club, which is helping us learn about healthy choices that impact our lie and our learning. We have been tracking their daily habits around eating fruits and vegetables, physical activity, sleep, hydration, and screen time. 5-2-1-0 is our goal  - 5 serving of fruits or vegetables, no more than 2 hours of time playing/watching screens during free time, at least 1 hour of physical activity and 0 sugary or sweetened drinks.


Tracking an “honest” day’s progress with these guidelines can be rather tough and sometimes we don’t like the results we begin to see, but it’s important to chart our habits realistically. This way we can form a “bigger picture” of our current lifestyle, and then from here, we can reflect on our data to see where our strengths and areas of need are.  We will be looking to see where improvements can start to be made.  The challenge lasts for 60 days, so we are just taking it one day at a time.

To begin thinking about healthy meal plans and food choices, the Ripplers have also been playing Titanium Chef. This online game created by Dieticians of Canada is helping us learn more about nutrition. We have investigated how the Nutrition Fact table on packaged food can inform us about serving size and the nutrients it does/does not include, as well as the average number of food group servings we consume over the course of a week. We’re finding out all sorts of things about ourselves, and I always find it fascinating to hear the conversations that have started about Health Living now that it’s been put in the spotlight. In the near future, each student will be contributing a healthy meal to their dinner table at home to help show what they have been learning.

So now that we are 3 weeks into this unit, Ripplers, what are your thoughts about the 60 Minute Kids Club and what you’ve been learning about nutrition? What have you noticed most about your food choices? What have you discovered about other factors, like sleep and screen time, that can have an affect on your learning? Has anything surprised you? How are you going to use this information to continue working on making healthy choices? I can’t wait to hear your ideas!

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11 Responses to “5 – 2 – 1 – 0”

  1.   Paolo Says:

    Hi Mrs. Braidwood.

    Something that really surprized me is that peanuts are part of the meat and alternative and so are beans. I also never new that you cants sleep after 1 And a half hours after you had screen time those were the things that really fascinated me. and that a kid from age nine to 13 need 6 fruits and vegetables 6 grain products 3-4 milk and alternatives and just two servings of meant and alternatives. That’s how much a kid needs a day I thought that was really cool.

  2.   Kylea Says:

    Hello Mrs. Braidwood,

    Participating in this activity has been tough but also very interesting. Even though my mom works at a nutrition store I am still learning lots of new things. I never knew that you were supposed to have around 6 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Or 3-4 glasses of milk or milk products. I have become more aware of what types of ingredients are in foods I eat. I look at the labels to see how much sugar or protein it has in it. Do you ever do that? I have not only learned a lot about nutrition but also about how much time I spend on screens. Before I started tracking everything I never knew how much I was actually spent on screens! I thought it was 5-10 minutes here and there but those 5
    minutes are actually hours. Time flies by really fast. I think this is a great thing to participate in. You learn lots about nutrition and become more aware of the ingredients and what is healthy and what is not! Have you been tracking everything to?

  3.   Ria Says:

    Hello Mrs. Braidwood,
    I think that the 60minkidsclub.com is a good website because it make people get a more healthy life style.
    My class have been learning about the food groups= Vegetables and Fruit, Grain Products, milk and alternatives and last of all, meat and alternatives.
    I have noticed that I need to have more vegetables. I never knew that I have to have 9-13 hours of sleep, and 2 hours of screen time didn’t surprise me because I usually have that much screen time.

  4.   Olivia Says:

    I noticed at the beginning of the 60 minutes kids club my data has been not doing so well, but now i’m carefully choosing healthy things instead of junk foods. I noticed that I get a bit too much sleep every night, and that I maybe have a tiny bit to much screen time, but I got to admit, lots of kids my age have and use a lot of electronics these days. I think too much sleep can affect my learning by always being somewhat over tired. I am really surprised by how much fruits and vegetables I’ve had over the past few weeks, and I am going to continue choosing healthy foods because i’m starting to feel much more awake and active, but it’s okay sometimes to have a little bit of junk foods sometimes so thank you ms.braidwood for sharing the best thing ever!

  5.   Danika Says:

    Hi Mrs. Braidwood,
    I think that the 60 Minute Kids Club program is great! I’ve learned how help my family and I get eat healthier meals through out the month, I have learned about different food groups and what types of food goes into what. I never knew that Peanut Butter was in the Meat and Alternatives. This program is really good because I know what is better then others, I learned about all the food groups, Fruits and Vegetables,Grain Products, Milk alternatives, and last the Meat and alternatives. In the 60 Minute kids club there is six groups. The first one is Fruits and vegetables ( How many you had ) Power Down ( Did you have less then two hours? ) Play Activity ( How long were you active? ) Glasses of water ( How many glasses of water did you have? ) and last but not least sleep ( How long did you sleep? ) I think choosing healthy and not being of screen time so much has effected my life is a good way! I have much more energy!

  6.   Claire Says:

    Hi Mrs. Braidwood.
    I think that tracking how much fruit and veggies, screen time, physical activity, sugary drinks and sleep I’ve had/done has been easy enough. Although, sometimes on weekends I forget to do it and have to try to remember how much I did/had. When we did the menu tracker I was surprised how many snacks I had been eating lately, so I had less. I didn’t really notice any differences in my learning based on screen time or sleep. I think now that I have this 5,2,1,0 information in my head I will continue using it even after the 60 days are over.I was surprised that you weren’t allowed to have any sugary drinks but it said nothing about how much junk food you were allowed. I don’t think I had to change things much in my day that much when we started doing 60 minutes kids club.

  7.   Emma G Says:

    Hi Mrs. Braidwood,

    Most of my food choices are healthy. I usually get the same amount of sleep every night. Nothing really has surprised me though. I can’t think of an ideas how to continue working on making the healthy choices with our information. How do you like the 60 minutes kids club?

  8.   Jordan Says:

    Hi Mrs. Braidwood,

    I think the “60 Minute Kids Club” is a good way to keep you healthy by making you more aware of what you’re doing and making you want to do better. Although it can be difficult sometimes I think it’ll probably be a lot of help later in life. I think that the Titanium Chef game was a fun way to learn about healthy eating and serving sizes. How did you think of this?